Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 31st Jan 2010 14:20 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Internet & Networking Despite the recent interest in adopting HTML5's video tag, there is still one major problem: there is no mandated standard video codec for the video tag. The two main contestants are the proprietary and patended h264, and the open and free Theora. In a comment on an LWN.net article about this problematic situation, LWN reader Trelane posted an email exchange he had with MPEG-LA, which should further cement Theora as the obvious choice.
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kragil
Member since:
2006-01-04

I wouldn't call them fanboys, but most web developers will blindly follow Apples and Googles lead.

Safari can use a QT plugin for Theora so while most of the web will be using h264 Theora has better browser support (Opera+Chrome+FF)

I really hope the Wikipedia will get lots of videos, but that does not seem to happen ;)

That said if _I_ ever have to put video on the web _I_ wouldn't touch anything but Theora (in Germany you never know who might sue you in the future)

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modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

wait....

You are afraid of legal liability, but you choose to go with Theora which has an unknown patent status over h.264 which is very well defined?

That makes no sense.

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

You know, if people are so concerned with Theora's patent status let's just go after it. Put that statement to rest one way or another. We already know whatever patents VP3 had (which Theora is based from) are a non-issue and, odds are, if there really was patent issues someone would've called it out by now. Even so, these days you can't even develop a keyboard-based UI without treading on some ridiculous patent or other. Try and prove that H.264 infringes on nobody's patents. Go ahead. They have the MPEGLA behind them, which means that patent trolls probably wouldn't succeed given the patent pool, but I bet you can find instances where even your precious H.264 treads liberally over someone's patents. It's not possible to develop any software today and not tread on one or more, usually many more.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

wait.... You are afraid of legal liability, but you choose to go with Theora which has an unknown patent status over h.264 which is very well defined? That makes no sense.


Theora's patent status is perfectly well known.

On2 technologies hold a patent specifically for the VP3 video codec. Xiph.org have negotiated with On2 to obtain an irrevocable royalty-free licesnse to develop a codec (which Xiph.org have named Theora) based on VP3. The agreement includes the rights for Xiph.org to re-distribute the codec to end users under any license that Xiph.org want to, including open source licenses.

Whta is there that is "unknown" about it?

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